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A very old card. A decent mobo with the alc 1220vb with a sabre dac will outgun it

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No isolation....
slannmage16/11/2019 11:21

No isolation....


Ohhh well you breath fresh air don't cha!
slannmage16/11/2019 11:21

No isolation....



just stick it on the naughty step for 10 minutes?
Is this card any good for dolby atmos on pc?
A very old card. A decent mobo with the alc 1220vb with a sabre dac will outgun it

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taras16/11/2019 11:43

A very old card. A decent mobo with the alc 1220vb with a sabre dac will …A very old card. A decent mobo with the alc 1220vb with a sabre dac will outgun it https://www.lifewire.com/sound-blaster-audigy-rx-review-4769814


I would agree.

The past 10 years has been a huge step for onboard audio to the point that offboard expansion is almost obsolete unless you're doing pro-audio work. (Good job Realtek).

This Audigy card has poor performing SNR than even the last 2-3 generations of Realtek's onboard chipsets.
taras16/11/2019 11:43

A very old card. A decent mobo with the alc 1220vb with a sabre dac will …A very old card. A decent mobo with the alc 1220vb with a sabre dac will outgun it https://www.lifewire.com/sound-blaster-audigy-rx-review-4769814


Agree, I had the auzentech version of this and whilst it's was amazing, my newer Asus hero maximus motherboard has better audio. So the sound card was shelved. It even detects the impedance of the headphones and adjusts the amplifier accordingly.
Has separate power and audio paths , really well thought out.
People still buy sound cards?
JoeSpur16/11/2019 13:31

People still buy sound cards?


I think I bought an audigy zs many years ago and didn't see the point even then, was just old habits die hard. I had an AdLib Gold
have a ten years old creative card going in my cinema shed 7.1 speakers for playing dts rock videos you cant beat it but for home computer gaming etc i wouldnt buy one just to much hassle
voted hot because the price is good
Wonder if it's a step up on my ALC892 in the MS-7a71...

I've got the dt 990s (250ohm) with a Fiio. Would I notice any difference at all?
I would love to buy this 10 years ago. I do not use a tower pc anymore.
DarrylJohn16/11/2019 14:23

Wonder if it's a step up on my ALC892 in the MS-7a71...I've got the dt …Wonder if it's a step up on my ALC892 in the MS-7a71...I've got the dt 990s (250ohm) with a Fiio. Would I notice any difference at all?


Nope you won't notice a thing
polarbaba16/11/2019 12:19

Agree, I had the auzentech version of this and whilst it's was amazing, my …Agree, I had the auzentech version of this and whilst it's was amazing, my newer Asus hero maximus motherboard has better audio. So the sound card was shelved. It even detects the impedance of the headphones and adjusts the amplifier accordingly.Has separate power and audio paths , really well thought out.


Here's an off topic question for you. Ive got a ~4year old mobo, no plans to update the pc for another few years, I run an old auzentech X-Fi from back in my uni days. The card causes windows to crash every now and then as the drivers are old. Is there a worthwhile card to upgrade to that'll be cheap enough to get me by until I do a full upgrade in a few years? I dont game on pc anymore so dont need fancy features but it does run all my music....
jammy8616/11/2019 16:57

Here's an off topic question for you. Ive got a ~4year old mobo, no plans …Here's an off topic question for you. Ive got a ~4year old mobo, no plans to update the pc for another few years, I run an old auzentech X-Fi from back in my uni days. The card causes windows to crash every now and then as the drivers are old. Is there a worthwhile card to upgrade to that'll be cheap enough to get me by until I do a full upgrade in a few years? I dont game on pc anymore so dont need fancy features but it does run all my music....


Depends,
As you can easily use a USB DAC/headphone amp for truly amazing sound and they cost around 40 quid maybe a bit more, but nothing will trounce them in quality, but no audio input if you need that, unless the motherboard audio input will suffice.

As for cards, I'm a bit out of touch so I can't advise on that front.
polarbaba16/11/2019 17:48

Depends,As you can easily use a USB DAC/headphone amp for truly amazing …Depends,As you can easily use a USB DAC/headphone amp for truly amazing sound and they cost around 40 quid maybe a bit more, but nothing will trounce them in quality, but no audio input if you need that, unless the motherboard audio input will suffice.As for cards, I'm a bit out of touch so I can't advise on that front.


Cheap USB DACs are no good as the least priced decent one costs more than £60 atleast. And ones with even a little feature set with optical inputs and Class D amps as everyone suggests costs £120. Sound cards cost £30 and will provide a better sound that the codecs that come with most budget motherboard. Only if you have a high end motherboard, will you have a decent solution for audio.

And yeah ALC892 is not better than a dedicated sound card. And depending upon the motherboard, the on-board audio will also be subject to interference and other problems.
Wall-E16/11/2019 18:02

Cheap USB DACs are no good as the least priced decent one costs more than …Cheap USB DACs are no good as the least priced decent one costs more than £60 atleast. And ones with even a little feature set with optical inputs and Class D amps as everyone suggests costs £120. Sound cards cost £30 and will provide a better sound that the codecs that come with most budget motherboard. Only if you have a high end motherboard, will you have a decent solution for audio. And yeah ALC892 is not better than a dedicated sound card. And depending upon the motherboard, the on-board audio will also be subject to interference and other problems.


If your on board audio suffers with interference problems i don't think buying a sound card with no isolation will be much help
Wow are they still making these. Loads of good memories coming with these
ShoelaceExpress16/11/2019 18:22

If your on board audio suffers with interference problems i don't think …If your on board audio suffers with interference problems i don't think buying a sound card with no isolation will be much help


Can you please elaborate as I cant find anything that talks about isolation in this sound card and how it affects interference?
ShoelaceExpress16/11/2019 18:22

If your on board audio suffers with interference problems i don't think …If your on board audio suffers with interference problems i don't think buying a sound card with no isolation will be much help


Sure could do.
Wall-E16/11/2019 18:52

Can you please elaborate as I cant find anything that talks about …Can you please elaborate as I cant find anything that talks about isolation in this sound card and how it affects interference?


Isolation refers to isolation from interference. So you would still pick up interference it would only be potentially quieter due to distance.
Unless i'm being an ignorant tool right now in which case i'm open to being enlightened by someone more entrenched in the audio scene!
ShoelaceExpress16/11/2019 19:04

Isolation refers to isolation from interference. So you would still pick …Isolation refers to isolation from interference. So you would still pick up interference it would only be potentially quieter due to distance.Unless i'm being an ignorant tool right now in which case i'm open to being enlightened by someone more entrenched in the audio scene!


Sorry that doesnt give me any facts whatsoever.

A sound card definitely removes interference or avoids it.
Helperbuddy16/11/2019 19:18

Sorry that doesnt give me any facts whatsoever. A sound card definitely …Sorry that doesnt give me any facts whatsoever. A sound card definitely removes interference or avoids it.



Are you expecting that i'm going to explain to you the fundamentals of electronic interference?
Not today buddy.
Here, have the first link from Google.
soundonsound.com/tec…ems
Wall-E16/11/2019 19:18

Sorry that doesnt give me any facts whatsoever. A sound card definitely …Sorry that doesnt give me any facts whatsoever. A sound card definitely removes interference or avoids it.


Well designed sound cards can minimise noise and crosstalk in near undetectable levels, meaning you would need lab equipment to detect it.

If you buy a high end enthusiast sound card it should be good.
ShoelaceExpress16/11/2019 19:40

Are you expecting that i'm going to explain to you the fundamentals of …Are you expecting that i'm going to explain to you the fundamentals of electronic interference?Not today buddy.Here, have the first link from Google.https://www.soundonsound.com/techniques/solving-computer-audio-problems


The link you have mentioned does not mention that a sound card will cause problems, so I dont know where you got that information from.

A dedicated sound card will avoid any interference that the motherboard usually has and will always provide better audio. Do you have a link to a sound card that has isolation so we can compare reviews of that to this £30 card.
Wall-E16/11/2019 19:48

The link you have mentioned does not mention that a sound card will cause …The link you have mentioned does not mention that a sound card will cause problems, so I dont know where you got that information from.A dedicated sound card will avoid any interference that the motherboard usually has and will always provide better audio. Do you have a link to a sound card that has isolation so we can compare reviews of that to this £30 card.


I didn't make a claim that the sound card will cause a problem.

This isn't the conversation i signed up for, hasta la vista baby
Wall-E16/11/2019 19:48

The link you have mentioned does not mention that a sound card will cause …The link you have mentioned does not mention that a sound card will cause problems, so I dont know where you got that information from.A dedicated sound card will avoid any interference that the motherboard usually has and will always provide better audio. Do you have a link to a sound card that has isolation so we can compare reviews of that to this £30 card.


Not being funny mate, but your attitude is coming across a bit poor. When people engage in a forum like this, it is a gift. It’s up to you to decide if it is indeed worth your time or not. I would say, however, that a semi-aggressive reply with a resulting demand that he provides you with quadratics information is not the best way to engage going forward.
KarlReading16/11/2019 20:59

Not being funny mate, but your attitude is coming across a bit poor. When …Not being funny mate, but your attitude is coming across a bit poor. When people engage in a forum like this, it is a gift. It’s up to you to decide if it is indeed worth your time or not. I would say, however, that a semi-aggressive reply with a resulting demand that he provides you with quadratics information is not the best way to engage going forward.


@ShoelaceExpress said "if If your on board audio suffers with interference problems i don't think buying a sound card with no isolation will be much help"
@abhijitdash123 wants proof.

I don't see any poor attitude either side.
rev616/11/2019 22:16

@ShoelaceExpress said "if If your on board audio suffers with interference …@ShoelaceExpress said "if If your on board audio suffers with interference problems i don't think buying a sound card with no isolation will be much help"@abhijitdash123 wants proof.I don't see any poor attitude either side.


It's the implied entitlement to having someone prove something to you, while calling them wrong and demonstrating a fundamental lack of understanding of the subject, then ignoring the supplied information to top it off showing an unwillingness to be proven incorrect.

It's got all the signs of a toxic, nonconstructive attitude which many people have online nowadays. No place for it on HUKD which has somehow managed to maintain SOME semblance of maturity on its forums which i aim to uphold by not humouring the behaviour.
ShoelaceExpress16/11/2019 22:28

It's the implied entitlement to having someone prove something to you, …It's the implied entitlement to having someone prove something to you, while calling them wrong and demonstrating a fundamental lack of understanding of the subject, then ignoring the supplied information to top it off showing an unwillingness to be proven incorrect.It's got all the signs of a toxic, nonconstructive attitude which many people have online nowadays. No place for it on HUKD which has somehow managed to maintain SOME semblance of maturity on its forums which i aim to uphold by not humouring the behaviour.


Nope. I don't see it. I checked their posts, and none of it seems toxic at all. They seem decent enough.
rev616/11/2019 22:30

Nope. I don't see it. I checked their posts, and none of it seems toxic at …Nope. I don't see it. I checked their posts, and none of it seems toxic at all. They seem decent enough.


Luckily, just as I can’t argue that my interpretation of the above is the one pure truth, neither can you. I’m glad you feel it all seems “Decent” enough tho, which is, of course, your right. I still believe there was some poor attitude there tho. And Whilst I’m sure he “Wants Proof” regarding the advice he was given, I want many things, but I go and put in some legwork to get them, not impertinently demand them served to me.
rev616/11/2019 22:30

Nope. I don't see it. I checked their posts, and none of it seems toxic at …Nope. I don't see it. I checked their posts, and none of it seems toxic at all. They seem decent enough.


Had a look myself there and i have to agree they seem alright, but we'll need to agree to disagree about the attitude in this thread. My description addressed the comments in order, so it should be easy enough to match up where i'm coming from if you go through his responses 1 by 1, but i know not everyone interprets these things in the same way.

I've had more than my fair share of run ins taking issue with people on here so i'm going to stop myself here
rev616/11/2019 22:30

Nope. I don't see it. I checked their posts, and none of it seems toxic at …Nope. I don't see it. I checked their posts, and none of it seems toxic at all. They seem decent enough.



ShoelaceExpress16/11/2019 22:45

Had a look myself there and i have to agree they seem alright



Are you guys sure? Check the Intel SSD thread.
KarlReading16/11/2019 20:59

Not being funny mate, but your attitude is coming across a bit poor. When …Not being funny mate, but your attitude is coming across a bit poor. When people engage in a forum like this, it is a gift. It’s up to you to decide if it is indeed worth your time or not. I would say, however, that a semi-aggressive reply with a resulting demand that he provides you with quadratics information is not the best way to engage going forward.


I have been using sound cards and onboard audio for more than 15 years and I have had a fair deal of experience in interference coming from motherboards or graphics cards and sound cards always solve the issue. This is also evident from numerous forum posts by people complaining about sound issues and a sound card solving them in lots of tech forums across the internet. This is not new in the PC communities.

So when in a thread for a decent sound card, I get to know that isolation is something and a sound card will not solve interference without isolation, it sounds very different from usual and on searching across the popular google thingy, there does not seem to be anything on it that leads of this sound card not having isolation etc.

So yes, i would always like people to state the facts with a reliable source so that it benefits everybody. Just saying something that will mean people not buying a pretty good product for the price is just no good to anyone and unfair to the OP.

Yes, I did ask for facts and I would not stop doing that as it helps me build my knowledge and experience but with something that is true and not just an opinion.

BTW, I never asked for a quadratics equation to anything or a complex mathematical analysis. I just asked for some facts to back the fact that this sound card will not be able to stop interference as it lacks isolation. Which obviously does not exist.

We are talking about a £30 card which may not be as good as a £150 solution, but will be great for most users having issues with their onboard sound solutions or who need a little better sound for not much money or for those who have interference issues.
iamwhoiam17/11/2019 00:26

Are you guys sure? Check the Intel SSD thread.


There you go again buddy. Cant stay away from me huh
Edited by: "Wall-E" 17th Nov 2019
Wall-E17/11/2019 01:26

There you go again buddy. Cant stay away from me huh


No beef from me.

Just some of the ways you express yourself can come across a bit heavy handed.
Helperbuddy17/11/2019 01:26

I have been using sound cards and onboard audio for more than 15 years and …I have been using sound cards and onboard audio for more than 15 years and I have had a fair deal of experience in interference coming from motherboards or graphics cards and sound cards always solve the issue. This is also evident from numerous forum posts by people complaining about sound issues and a sound card solving them in lots of tech forums across the internet. This is not new in the PC communities.So when in a thread for a decent sound card, I get to know that isolation is something and a sound card will not solve interference without isolation, it sounds very different from usual and on searching across the popular google thingy, there does not seem to be anything on it that leads of this sound card not having isolation etc.So yes, i would always like people to state the facts with a reliable source so that it benefits everybody. Just saying something that will mean people not buying a pretty good product for the price is just no good to anyone and unfair to the OP.Yes, I did ask for facts and I would not stop doing that as it helps me build my knowledge and experience but with something that is true and not just an opinion.BTW, I never asked for a quadratics equation to anything or a complex mathematical analysis. I just asked for some facts to back the fact that this sound card will not be able to stop interference as it lacks isolation. Which obviously does not exist.We are talking about a £30 card which may not be as good as a £150 solution, but will be great for most users having issues with their onboard sound solutions or who need a little better sound for not much money or for those who have interference issues.


Here's another link explaining causes of interference:
audio-technica.com/cms…tml

A sound card does not solve every one of those issues. Having no metal EMI shielding certainly doesn't help either.

Given how low your bar appears to be for something to qualify as proven, I'm willing to assume that your bar is also low for something to qualify as "solved" - assuming you actually have much experience and aren't just 15 years old as your post suggests.

"Just saying something that will mean people not buying a pretty good product for the price is just no good to anyone and unfair to the OP"

This gives the impression that you value OP's heat over everyone else's money. Worrying.

Here's a piece of advice, if you would like to "build my knowledge and experience but with something that is true and not just an opinion", as you put it, then you should approach people with different opinions politely with constructive disagreement - not calling them wrong while demanding that they prove themselves to you.
Your first response started off strong with
"Can you please elaborate"
but immediately took a tumble off a cliff when followed up with
"Sorry that doesnt give me any facts whatsoever.
A sound card definitely removes interference or avoids it."
The secret sauce is in the mentality behind what you say, if you believe you are right about everything then not only is building your knowledge off the menu, but it also makes you come across like an, ahem.
Next time try following up with "I still don't see where you're coming from, i believe X is true because X reason". People might actually feel inclined to help you.
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